Al From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5688 times:
The latest information is late 2005 or even early 2006 for official join date as a partner.
SA apparently has several large integration problems with I.T. and systems as well as a finicky Governmental anti-competition process to overcome.
They only just signed a MOU committing to join "within a year" a week or so before Xmas.
Having said all that, if UA and SA have interline baggage agreements, then the bags should be able to be tagged all the way through, leaving only the collection of boarding pass from SA at JFK to be completed.
From AvDaily on Dec 22 :
"However, SAA faces some technology and regulatory hurdles before it joins Star. It hopes to become a member by the end of next year."